The treatment of diseases, injuries, or deformity by physical methods such as; massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.


Career description

Physiotherapists carry out the following tasks:

  • Work with patients who have a range of conditions, including neurological, neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory, sometimes over a period of weeks;
  • Diagnose, assess and treat their physical problem/condition;
  • Develop and review treatment programmes that encourage exercise and movement by the use of a range of techniques;
  • Involve parents and carers in the treatment, review and rehabilitation of patients;
  • Educate patients and their carers about how to prevent and/or improve conditions;
  • Write patient case notes and reports and collect statistics;
  • Liaise with other healthcare professionals, such as GPs, occupational therapists and social workers, to exchange information about the background and progress of patients, as well as to refer patients who require other medical attention.

Jobs directly related to degree

  • Physiotherapist
  • Medical Disability Claims Assessor
  • Claims Experience Specialist
  • Disability Claims Consultants
  • Claims Underwriter






The Physiotherapist’s Pocket Book: Essential Facts at Your Fingertips by Jonathan Kenyon

Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking by Lynn S. Bickley, Peter G. Szilagyi


Bursary Opportunities

Department of Health LP/KZN/WC, Netcare, CETA, Department of Correctional Services, FNB, Investec, Price Water Coopers, Goldman Jeanette Trust


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